Cal Quartet Invited To MLB Draft Combine
BERKELEY – Four California baseball standouts are scheduled to participate in the second-annual Major League Baseball Draft Combine later this week on June 14-20 at Petco Park in San Diego.
Golden Bear juniors Dylan Beavers, Nathan Martorella, Josh White and Steven Zobac were among the 255 athletes selected to attend the combine by USA Baseball and Major League organizations. The combine preludes the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft, which will be held in Los Angeles on July 17-19 during All-Star Weekend.
Cal's four attendees will showcase themselves in a pro-style workout on June 17 that will be broadcast live on MLB Network from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT. They will also have the opportunity to meet with general managers, scouting directors and other executives from big league clubs, as well as attend programs to educate them about their upcoming professional careers and about social media branding.
Beavers, the No. 21-ranked draft prospect according to MLB.com, will highlight Cal's participating quartet at the combine. The outfielder has slashed .294/.409/.615 with 36 home runs in 123 career collegiate games played and was an All-American as a sophomore in 2021 and earned All-Pac-12 first team selections in back-to-back seasons.
White, a right-handed pitcher, is also among MLB.com's top 200 prospects at No. 188 after totaling 91 strikeouts in 67.2 innings pitched this spring. White and Beavers gained traction toward the 2022 MLB Draft when they played for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2021 following their sophomore seasons at Cal.
Cal has seen 16 total players selected in the MLB Draft since 2018, including a pair of first-round picks – Andrew Vaughn at No. 3 to the Chicago White Sox and Korey Lee at No. 32 to Houston – that were part of an impressive seven-man draft class in 2019. Ten of Cal's 16 draftees since 2018 have been taken in the first 10 rounds.
More information about the MLB Draft Combine can be found at MLB.com.
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